By Donovan Westover
The 1935 Walton House has always perched on the center of its vast Bluffview Estates lot, the landscape and grounds cascading down around it with a natural flow. Carol and James Walton selected a huge lot in Bluffview for their impressive 1930s home. At the time, Walton owned and ran City Wrecking and Trading Co., an early Dallas architectural demolition and salvage company. He later expanded into supplying steel building products. It leads me to wonder if Charles Dilbeck did not use City Wrecking for his rustic architectural elements. It would make sense.
Updated for modern living, this now stately home is ready for another eighty years with beautiful additions of space, outbuildings and amenities, not to mention the impeccable landscaping which includes a multitude of water features and a falling stream. The Bluffview Estates neighborhood is a topographical garden with houses nestled among decades old mature trees and at over 6,000 square feet, the Walton House takes advantage of the lush views in every direction. The grounds were created to gracefully remove you from city, and they do so effortlessly.
The detail used throughout the exterior and interior spaces is a ten on the Dilbeckian scale. There is a collection of envelope materials that variegates from brick to stone to wood to wrought iron, all in quirky harmony. The house and grounds were made to entertain, whether by daylight or perfectly tuned evening landscape lighting. You can see the transition at the Preservation Dallas Charles Dilbeck In Dallas tour.
Join us for the patron party on October 25 at the Walton House with your patron-level ticket, and we will see you on Saturday, October 27th for the Charles Dilbeck In Dallas Fall Architectural Tour.